Pianist and teacher Dr. Marshall Davies, a faculty member of the SHSU School of Music, directs the Jazz Lab Band and teaches Jazz Improvisation and both classical and jazz piano at SHSU.
Dr. Davies is much in demand in the Houston area as a pianist and teacher. A recital with cellist Daniel Saenz featuring works of DeFalla, Fauré, Poulenc, and Piazzolla highlighted a busy 2006-2007 season which included jazz club dates, a solo piano recital with his own arrangements and compositions, and collaborative performances with flute, horn, oboe, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, voice, jazz ensemble, and string orchestra.
Dr. Davies also teaches piano and other music classes at North Harris College, where he accompanied two musicals this past summer. Dr. Davies has extensive experience as an accompanist in musical theatre, opera, choral music, jazz, and dance.
Dr. Davies graduated from Eastman School of Music as a Master of Music in Performance and Literature (Piano) in 1992 and as a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature (Piano) in 1996. His major piano teachers at Eastman were Anton Nel, Fernando Laires, and Douglas Humpherys. His piano performances, academic accomplishments and teaching won him Eastman Graduate Teaching Awards for five straight years, during which he taught keyboard theory and supervised Freshman Aural Skills for Eastman’s theory department. During this period he also served a year as president of Eastman’s Graduate Student Association and was accompanist for the Advent Gospel Choir at Jefferson Street Seventh-Day Adventist Church in downtown Rochester.
Prior to graduate work at Eastman, Dr. Davies studied piano with Paul Pollei and Douglas Humpherys at Brigham Young University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and won various awards for his piano playing, including the Leonard Pennario Award, the E. Mona Smith Award, and the Piano Performance Award.
Dr. Davies grew up in California, Washington, and Idaho, graduating from Springfield High School in Springfield, Illinois. He served a mission in Taiwan for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Just prior to moving to the Houston area in 2004, he lived in Taiwan for eight years, performing and teaching piano and jazz privately and as an faculty member at two colleges. He lives in the northwest Houston area (Klein) with his wife, Mandy, and three sons.